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YellowBridge Chinese-English Dictionary

This is an online bilingual Chinese/English dictionary with options to search for the English meaning of a word or phrase by pinyin, with or without indicating the tone number; by simplified or traditional characters, either entering pinyin or using a writing tool; or by character components, such as selecting from a list ...

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Visual Mandarin: left and right falling strokes

This is an online instructional video on how to write left and right falling strokes used in Chinese characters. The video is delivered by a presenter who speaks in Chinese with subtitles in characters and English at the bottom of the screen. The presenter demonstrates how to write each stroke and then practises using the ...

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Visual Mandarin: horizontal and vertical lines

This is an online instructional video on how to write horizontal and vertical strokes used in Chinese characters. The video is delivered by a presenter who speaks in Chinese with subtitles in characters and English at the bottom of the screen. The presenter demonstrates how to write each stroke and then practises using ...

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Easy Chinese writing

This is an iPad app featuring two free interactive tutorials that show how to write the simplified Chinese characters for some numbers and quantifiers, as well as 17 characters associated with nature. Both tutorials include compound words made from the characters with examples of how they are used in complete sentences. ...

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Chinese writer for iPad

This is an iPad app featuring a free interactive tutorial that shows how to write 25 simplified Chinese characters using basic strokes, starting with a single stroke character and progressing to multistroke characters. Each character is supported by Pinyin, which indicates the tone as a number, as well as a written translation ...

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Real Chinese - Mini-guides - Chinese characters

This is a mini-guide with a linked game to the use of characters in Chinese. The resource provides detailed explanations on what characters are, the importance they play in Chinese culture, and the change from traditional to simplified characters. It demonstrates how characters have derived from pictographs and evolved ...

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FanJian

This resource is an online tutorial program for learning traditional-simplified character equivalencies. The resource consists of two teaching units: simplification types and productivity, and one practice unit. Within each teaching unit there are many tutorials containing written explanations, character examples, video ...

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Monkey write: learn Chinese - app for Android

This application is designed for learning basic Chinese characters and practising stroke order and accuracy when writing them. The application provides one installed introductory character writing activity and a further three activities that can be downloaded free of charge. The activities within the application are divided ...

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Sound and letter mysteries in the Magic Bag

Abracadabra and hocus-pocus! The Magic Bag has common blends and digraphs, including 'ch', 'all' and 'ink', as well as alphabetical order and commonly used words.

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Tricks with words in the Magic Bag

Investigate common phonemes, silent letters, homophones and words associated with time, such as 'before' and 'after'.

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Sentence builder: prehistoric: tool

Help a caveman use a sentence builder machine to create past-tense sentences. Spin each rock to see a new word for your sentence. Choose words from five groups: when, who, what, where and setting.

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Dragon temple: level 2 [Chinese]

Find your way through ancient temple grounds to a hidden treasure room. Solve word puzzles as you go. Identify components of Chinese characters and fit them together in the right order. Identify characters with similar components. Notice that characters are often formed from two or more basic characters. For example, the ...

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Samurai castle: Daimyo [Japanese]

Retrieve the precious treasures locked up in the Daimyo's castle. Solve kanji puzzles to elude the Samurai, explore the castle grounds and find the three Keys that unlock the treasure room of the castle. Identify kanji with similar components to pass unseen through guarded checkpoints. Recognise components of kanji and ...

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Samurai castle: Shogun [Japanese]

Retrieve the precious treasures locked up in the Shogun's castle. Solve kanji puzzles to elude the Samurai, explore the castle grounds and find the three Keys that unlock the treasure room of the castle. Identify kanji with similar components to pass unseen through guarded checkpoints. Recognise components of kanji and ...

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Radical hunt: island hunt [Japanese]

Search an island for clues to find a rare bird. Find kanji hidden near the things they represent. Notice the kanji are compound kanji that share a common radical. Discover the related meanings of each set of kanji. Identify the general pattern that the meaning of a radical will contribute to the meaning of a compound kanji. ...

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Radical hunt: holiday hunt [Japanese]

Take part in a holiday competition on your way to Paradise island. Find kanji hidden at the airport and on the island to win a mystery prize. Notice the kanji are compound kanji that share a common radical. Discover the related meanings of each set of kanji. Identify the general pattern that the meaning of a radical will ...

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Code breaker [Chinese]

Sort well-formed Chinese characters from poorly formed characters. Look for characters that are well-proportioned within a square and have suitable stroke length, angle and size. Use a code-breaking machine to fix poorly formed characters. Adjust the position and proportion of character components. Discover the meanings ...

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Quiz show: wheel of discovery: level 2 [Chinese] [Windows version]

Solve word puzzles in a quiz show. Spin two wheels to make a compound word using two characters. Score points by identifying the meaning of the compound word. Use the meanings of the individual characters to work out the meaning of the compound word. Solve the meaning of enough compound words to win a prize. Review all ...

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Trailblazer: level 1 [Chinese]

Follow a trail through underground tunnels to discover hidden treasure. Unlock a series of doors by solving compound word puzzles. Identify the meaning of Chinese compound words. Use sound and meaning hints to help. For example, identify the meaning of the Chinese compound word for 'motivation' given the meanings of the ...

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Trailblazer: level 2 [Chinese]

Follow a trail through underground tunnels to discover hidden treasure. Unlock a series of doors by solving compound word puzzles. Identify the correct Chinese compound word given an English meaning. Use sound and meaning hints to help. For example, identify the combination of two components 'old' and 'hand' that make up ...